Employment Opportunities

Language Linguist

This position is currently open.
Cultural Preservation
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Type of Position: 
Regular Full Time
Absentee Shawnee Tribe / 2025 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. / Shawnee, OK 74801

Coordinates with the Director of Cultural Preservation to analyze, interpret, and catalog resources for the preservation and instruction of the Shawnee language. Aids in the development and design of teaching curricula for the Shawnee Language Program to teach tribal members the Shawnee language from the elementary level to fluency. This person will assist the Director in reporting and project oversight for the Administration for Native Americans’ Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance grant.


• Compiles and catalogs existing Shawnee language resources to be deposited into language repositories for tribal reference
• Designs spreadsheets and software for data collection
• Establishes partnerships with repositories for language resource storage
• Interviews tribal members who are Shawnee speakers to collect oral histories and develop auditory instructional language resources
• Analyzes and interprets existing and collected language resources to develop a teaching curriculum for language teachers
• Compiles and prepares data for statistical reporting on a quarterly basis to the grant funding agency
• Upkeeps documentation for grant activities in both print and digital forms
• Assists in providing oversight for language teachers upon the development of a Shawnee Language Program
• Aids in the development of promotional materials and enrollment processes for the Shawnee Language Program
• Monitors student progress upon the start of language classes
• Attends required grant meetings and trainings (travel required)
• Establish and maintain cooperative communication with Cultural Preservation staff and tribal members
• Assists Cultural Preservation Department with research activities
• Ensure language resources and office equipment are properly maintained and serviced
• Performs all other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree required in Communications, English, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, or other related
• 5 years’ experience in linguistic analysis, preferably within Native cultures
• 2 years’ experience in grants
• 1 years’ experience in teaching and curriculum design
• Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently
• Strong analytical skills
• Thorough knowledge of cultural language preservation and data collection
• Strong communication skills and ability to work with novice language learners
• Ability to work in a deadline driven environment
• Proficient knowledge of computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite
• Must have a valid driver’s license
• Must be able to pass a drug test and background check
Posted Date: 
3 weeks 4 days ago